Because too many people use that as an excuse to erase me from existence.
You might be surprised to find out that I feel the same way, for a slightly different reason. If you look at my photo on Fantastic Worlds
, you might instantly see the reason why.http://fantasticworlds-jordan179.blogspot.com/
Both my wife and myself have faced discrimination, including personal attacks on the street and from government-supported agencies, for this reason. And no, it's not because we're white ...
... it's because we're fat
. Which you (commendably) put on your list of diversities.
Know how many times it's annoyed me to hear a writer rhapsodize on about the wonderful physical shape of his main characters as if he were outlining a moral virtue? Or having only villains and idiots be even slightly overweight? And this includes many writers whose writing I otherwise love, which makes it all the more
And no, I wasn't trying to "derail" you. I was pointing out that if one honestly
believes in diversity, it takes care of itself: if one does not assume that the hero is white, for instance, then one can write the hero as white, black, brown, whatever fits one's vision. The notion that one has to make an effort to avoid
having the main character be white-hetero-male is itself
somewhat bigoted: it implies that there is someting wrong
with being someone who isn't, but that by dint of great effort we can include them too. You don't see why that might not be just a little bit patronizing?